If you are an average person, you spend several hours in front of a screen almost every day. As you probably know from experience, all that screen time isn’t good for your eyes. Too much screen time can tire your eyes and cause itchiness and discomfort. Some people will even experience severe headaches from looking at a screen for too long, and prolonged exposure can even cause macular degeneration. If you want to avoid these potential health hazards, a pair of blue light blocking glasses can offer some protection.
It offers the latest science, but there’s still evidence that squinting at digital screens all day can disrupt your circadian rhythm and inhibit melatonin production, which can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. Even if you’re not sure if hours of screen time are to blame for your insomnia and eye strain, reducing some of your blue light exposure with blue light blocking glasses can’t hurt.
So if you’re staring at a screen all day and want to block as much blue light as possible, we’re here to help you find the best one.for your needs. As soon as you put blue light blocking glasses on your face, hopefully you’ll start to minimize eye strain, take better care of your face. and own it it’s time for the pump to go to bed.
I promise, buying the right blue light blocking glasses is easier than buying prescription glasses or even reading glasses. There are plenty of options out there, too—there are plenty of blue light blockers with clear lenses and plastic frames, so you’ll look good while protecting yourself from blue light.
I’ve compiled a list of the best blue light blocking glasses out there, and every option is stylish and comfortable. Get a pair ASAP so you can minimize blue light exposure while mindlessly scrolling through Instagram and watching three hours of Netflix for half an hour. Oh, what a time to live!
Peepers’ blue light glasses are affordable (under $30), and with a magnifier, they can double as reading glasses. The company claims its blue light technology filters out 40% of harmful rays from the blue light spectrum — ideal when you’re trying to avoid the pitfalls of overexposure to artificial light from a computer screen and prevent digital eye strain. These super trendy turtle square frames immediately caught my eye. If you don’t always want to go super-extra like me, these blue light glasses also come in neutral tones like black and cream, so you can look stylish while minimizing light exposure. These glasses also provide UV protection.
Prive Revaux sounds like I’m about to talk you into buying $300 glasses, but in fact, this delightfully named eyeglass brand sells the best blue light blocking glasses for around $40. Its lenses have blue light filters along with an anti-glare coating to reduce eye strain.
Not only do the name of these blue light-filtering glasses sound pretty cool, but the styles—there are more than three to choose from—are designer-inspired at a truly affordable price.
Gunnar takes blue light filtering eye protection seriously. The company has a “blue light protection factor spectrum” ranging from the lowest protection at 35 to heavy protection at 98 (see amber lens design). Gunnar recommends a protection factor of 98, so if you’re working from your computer late at night, these glasses might be the best blue light-blocking glasses for business and gamers (or 2 a.m. HBO junkies).
I chose the Intercept (starting at $70) and boy, do these blue light glasses look intense with the amber lens color. You may want these to be your only pair “at home”.
You may have recognized the Felix Gray brand name for its impressive eyeglass marketing featuring attractive people sporting these elegant frames. All of the company’s models look instantly smarter by slipping on a pair.
Along with great styling, Felix Gray places blue light blocking filters directly into the lenses and adds an anti-reflective coating to help protect against artificial blue light. These classic round Roebling frames come in two frame color options, a fun blue or tortoise brown, starting at $95. Depending on your needs and preferences, these could easily be the best blue light blocking glasses for you.
At Glasses USA, you can add their blue light “digital block” protection to any style of glasses for $19, along with your vision prescription if needed (you can also order blue light glasses without prescription lenses). That means you could choose from a myriad of computer glasses frames with an added blue light filter, but I’ve done the work for you and picked out these cool retro ones.
Glasses USA urges people who spend more than five hours a day on a computer or look at their phone more than 20 times a day to add digital blocking blue light lenses. They normally sell for $98, but right now you can get them for half off when you use them promo code SPRING50.
Eyeconic is definitely the top of the bunch, featuring designer brand options. Most glasses are over $140, with frames from Calvin Klein, Nike and Cole Haan.
You can add TechShield blue light blocking technology to any style, which the glasses company says reduces blue light exposure by up to 85%, making them some of the most protective and best blue light blocking glasses around. I chose these chunky frames from Cole Haan because I love how prominent they are, but there are plenty of other options to suit your style.
If you’re into cool retro grandpa vibes like me (and Instagram), you’ll love these gold-rimmed aviator frames from Ray-Ban. Blue light filtering technology can protect your eyes from digital eye strain during screen time, and the thin metal frame won’t weigh down your temples.
Blue light blocking glasses FAQ
Do blue light glasses really work?
The short answer? Yes. Blue light blocking glasses contain filters that block blue light waves emitted by any light source — the sun, screens, light bulbs, etc.
Studies have shown that blue light affects our body’s ability to produce melatonin, a hormone that helps us fall asleep. Wearing blue light blocking glasses when looking at screens, especially at night, can help your body produce melatonin so you can get a good night’s rest.
How do I clean blue light glasses?
First, you should always refer to the cleaning instructions that come with the blue light blocking glasses you purchase. In general, you can clean blue light glasses the same way you clean any other glasses — with a soft, lint-free cloth that won’t cause scratches and a mild cleaning spray designed for glasses.
When should I wear blue light glasses?
Blue light generally energizes you, helps you focus, boosts your mood — all good things throughout the day. But in the evening, when you want to stop your day and relax, blue light can interfere. Most people will find it most helpful to wear blue light blocking glasses when watching TV or any screen in the evening.
Some people also find that blue light blocking glasses can help reduce eyestrain, blurred vision and headaches from looking at a screen while working. You can try either or both to see what works best for you.
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The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or health goals.